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CollectionsYour library (4,193), Kerry's (4,075), Main Shelves (1,554), Girlsown (610), Virago (219), Persephone (21), Ebooks (1,395), Audiobooks (224), Currently reading (18), To read (1,369), Books that should be read (fairly) soon (129), 2014 Reading (124), 2013 Reading (170), 2012 Reading (164), 2011 Reading (165), 2010 Reading (107), 2009 Reading (135), 2008 Reading (98), 2007 Reading (142), Read undated (1,603), Read but unowned (610), Gifts (44), Abandoned (34), Spare Room (41), Christmas Reading (129), Kitchen (38), Andrew's (36), On Loan (6), Stored (75), Wishlist (21), Miscellaneous (9), All collections (4,850)

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TagsFiction (3,547), Girlsown (560), Historical (258), Virago (257), Audio (225), Biography (224), Humour (215), GGBP (197), Chalet School (188), R2013 (170) — see all tags

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About meThat isn't me - it's Kevin the Vicarage Cat

About my libraryNow Collections have arrived I've added books owned by other members of my family. My Library contains the books owned by any of us; Kerry's are mine; Jon's Study contains my husband's books and Clare's are my daughter's. My son only reads on screen or newspapers and magazines so nothing to catalogue yet. I'm adding to Ever Read as I remember. Browsing through other libraries here often jogs my memory - even back to my childhood reading.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, A Quieter LibraryThing, Almack's, Amazon's Kindle, Anglophiles, Audiobooks, Barbara Pymshow all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Jane Austen, E. F. Benson, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, John Buchan, Sarah Caudwell, E. M. Delafield, Charles Dickens, Dorothy Dunnett, Antonia Forest, Rumer Godden, Hergé, Georgette Heyer, C. S. Lewis, Hilary Mantel, Daphne du Maurier, L. M. Montgomery, Alan Plater, Oliver Postgate, Barbara Pym, Miss Read, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Trollope, P. G. Wodehouse, Dornford Yates (Shared favorites)

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Real nameKerry

LocationWest Sussex, UK

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Member sinceMay 20, 2007

Currently readingA Leader in the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Small-Town Boy, Small-Town Girl: Growing Up in South Dakota, 1920-1950 by Eric B. Fowler
The Whole Wide Beauty by Emily Woof
Clarissa Harlowe or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
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That's great Kerry - glad they arrived safely, and what great finds! Well done!!

I found a GGB copy of Gay on AbeBooks, from a bookstore in Australia. The price was quite reasonable, too, even with shipping.
Dear Kerry,

Thank you so much for sending The Curate's Wife, which arrived yesterday. It's good to know that you think highly of it, and of Young's books in general. I've only read The Misses Mallett so far and thought it was excellent, so I am clearly going to have to move her others up the Tbr pile!

Hope you are having a good summer.
Thank you again,
Thanks Kerry, I thought you were going to bring it!

My address is 23 Alexandra Road, N15 5QT
You Viragoites are amazing people. I love this publishers series. I don't know if you have seen my posts but I have 95 VMC's in my collection (obtained in the past ear and a half since I discovered them). Some original greens, some blacks and some modern. Until just recently had not read any of them. I have, in short order, knocked off O Pioneers, Frost in May, Mr Fortune's Maggot, Diary of a Provincial Lady, Harriet Said, and have enjoyed (or loved!) every one. I am not on Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont and loving it so far. These are great books / authors. Thanks for adding to my collection. I will let you know when they arrive.
You hope I have something to read in the meantime!!!! I love it!
I believe I can probably take up the slack, and I thank you very, very much. I'm looking forward to it.
Hope all is well with you and your family and Kitten Kevin, who is certainly a young man by now. We are dealing with allergies in this crazy weather but otherwise fine.
Hope spring is coming to West Sussex soon, and I do appreciate your generosity!
Thank you so much Kerry. My email address is Is it easy to get into my Kindle?

All best Julie
Hi Kerry,
I'm so glad to hear that the SantaThing books were appealing. It was a challenge--but a fun one--to find something you didn't have that I thought you would enjoy. I do hope you enjoy them!
Dear Kerry

You are so kind and thoughtful. Please may I have Invitation to the Waltz, Thank Heaven Fasting and Return of the Soldier? If that's too greedy/expensive Return of the Soldier would be just perfect. Thank you.

In return would you be interested in Some Everyday Folk and Dawn by Miles Franklin and/or Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood? Both original green VMCs.

Have I said how gob-smacked I am by all your badges???? And of course I am dying to know what the 2010 SantaThing Debacle was....


Dear Kerry

I hope there were two books in that parcel because they did say they had despatched both on the same day. Let me know if there was only one book and I'll chase up.

Hopefully my original parcel will turn up one day soon. I am so sorry that you have had to wait so long.

Hello! Just thought Id drop by and see what 35 books we share- albeit a couple are repeated on the list :)
That's hilarious.

The secret seven and Famous five all in the same room lol

Thanx for your comments. I see you adding your Enid Blyton. I must do that sometime. Well off to the audio library now. I am afraid I have nearly exhausted their stock. Must find another source.

I see you Listened to Fanny Hill. That must have been very strange. Funny I get embarrassed hearing erotica but not reading it.

Thanx for your comments. I see you adding your Enid Blyton. I must do that sometime. Well off to the audio library now. I am afraid I have nearly exhausted their stock. Must find another source.
Tell me more about your audio "reading" please


Is [How far can you go] on audio yet. I love David Lodge. I am afraid that my audio library has dropped the standard on books that they purchase lately and I am struggling to find new reads.

Thanx for some of the Audio book covers. I see they are the ones I have listened to but had the book cover not the audio. I actually "read" most of my books on audio, which I rent at about 3 pounds a book.

: ) glad it got to you safely.
The kitten photo is lovely!
P.s . I'm now hoping I haven't tempted fate too much by stating I have some quiet days ahead!
Thanks, Kerry. I have a quiet couple of days ahead before things get hectic again so will try to get the book posted while I can!

Kerry -- Good Behaviour arrived in the mail yesterday -- Thanks so much. We're nearing the end of the semester, so I'm hoping I'll have good time to read it soon. -- Jane
Kerry -- I'm afraid I haven't seen Good Behaviour yet -- I'll let you know as soon as it arrives. The vagaries of the mail, on your side and ours, are a mystery. -- Jane
Kerry -- My Cousin Rachel arrived today. Thanks so much! -- Jane
Thanks so much, Kerry -- I'm in no hurry, It's always lovely to find a book in the mailbox --especially one from a Virago friend! -- Jane
Dear Kerry,
I am so happy it arrived safely. Seems it made the journey rather quickly. I like that.
It makes me glad that this particular book will fit in with your current reading. I sure
like knowing that a book of mine is residing on your shelf across the pond.
Enjoy, my dear and cheers.
Company Parade arrived today Kerry - thank you very much again. It looks great, and has been added in great anticipation to my very mountainous TBR.
(Your Provincial lady ref made me smile - because I too have an odd collection of postcards and things)
Hi Kerry
It's arrived : )

Last day of work today - broke up early got home at auarter to three looking forward to a cuppa with my book and there it was waiting for me. What a lovely thing to come home to.

Thank you very much

I am adding it to my LT library - but remember if you ever want it back - just let me know.

p.s. great cat!
i can't even imagine finding such a treasure. isn't it strange how we can be so smitten by symbols? a few squiggles on a sheet of paper, the brain does its bizarre magic, and we come over all funny.

Greengage Summer is the Godden i've listened to most often. in my teens, i was completely taken by the man who owns a restaurant in An Episode of Sparrows. i remember once on a drive w/ my mom and her friend stopping at a small cafe/restaurant and being swept up in a sort of reverie in which i was sure that the owners [husband and wife] were [like] the people in Episode.

this is one of the things i regret most about e-everything: the loss of just such treasures, the artifacts of human society.

a letter from Rumer Godden. what a delight! "one sends a book out into the blue. . ." :) thanks for putting it up.

Forgot to thank you for the lovely postcard. I loved Scotland when I visited there, but I doubt I'll ever get back . :-( Oh well, I'll have to settle for re-visiting Cape Breton Island (Canada).

Two days in Aragon has arrived safe and sound (aparently it came some time last week, but I didn't get a chance to go pick it up right away).

Thank you so much, Kerry!!!



I am glad it got there safely. Enjoy!! :-))
No worries, Kerry, I hope you enjoy them! You were actually a bit tough to choose for, because I had so many ideas and you owned most of them! (We like quite a few of the same books.) Hope you are feeling better and enjoying the new year.

I could really get hooked on this - I could spend hours...well I did yesterday - done less than 2 bookshelves & another 7 to go - not to speak of books in the study of which there are another 40' at least!
Hehe - I love their publications but they are soooooo pricey. On the other hand they are cheaper than the originals!
I'm glad Winter Sonata arrived safely. I haven't read my copy yet so I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

The postman came before I left for work today! Usually I don't get my post until I get home in the evening, but I know if my GGBP books will be waiting when I see that others have added them on here.
Hi Kerry,

I haven't written to you in a while, but I need more of your technical wizardry! I posted a query on the "What are you listening to" thread a short time ago, and since my problem is a bit difficult to explain, I hope you don't mind if I point you to that message. I should have written to you directly, but was shy to bother you again. Any additional knowledge you might have about MP3 CDs when it comes to iTunes 10.3.1 and Mac OS 10.6.7 (can't wait for the new Lion OS!) that you care to share with me will also be appreciated.

Thanks Kerry. I have just got my 6 CD's from the studio, but haven't listened to them yet. I realise the voice is very important and I know my accent is West London which is acceptable locally but might not be elsewhere.
So far I have had one order and decided to use the version I have as a loan offer until I know how many people would be interested.
I have an mp3 version that my son will be dealing with for me.He can see what audible and itunes would suggest for a self published book. I did check out Librivox and was tempted by another listening network but it appeared I would be giving them some kind of sole use.
I need to be certain of copyright issues and will take it up with the experts when I go to Winchester next month.
Just having an audio copy in my possession is exciting but now I need to find a way of packaging it! oldstick.
Hi Kerry

Just wanted to add my thanks for the explanation about organising audiofiles into the audio book section. I don't have any problems as I don't have any music on my ipod but my daughter has music and now wants to add some books that she is reading for school. She has a long commute each day that's perfect for listening to set texts. So your explanation is very timely and I am so happy I can finally do something technical that my teenage daughter can't. I think it's a first!

Thanks again for making me look smart.

Kerry, your explanation is very helpful and quite clear as well. I've started fixing one of the audiobook copies that got messed up, but since there are 188 tracks to go through, it'll probably take me a day or two. I think I only messed up two of them (out of 30 or so that are currently just music tracks) because when I saw what was happening and didn't know what I was doing, I stopped right there.

Thanks again for all your help, much appreciated!

Hi Kerry,

I need your help!!!

I haven't had a chance to download any CDs yet, though have an audiobook on standby for which I'll be following your advice to join the tracks. Seems simple enough—wish me luck. :-)

Meantime, I've had a few minor disasters with a handful of audiobooks I had copied in the past few months, before I got your advice. So far, I've made sure before converting them from music files to audio files that all the CDs had the same name and that the numbering of tracks made sense. I also made sure to click "remember position". It worked fine with a few books, but then in some of them, the tracks got completely mixed up and worse still, split up into two different parts, so that tracks 01a-z could be followed up by 05a-z, on one part, and on the other I could have 03a-z followed by 02a-z then 04a-z. You get the idea I guess. When I tried to convert them back into music files and upload them to my iPod that way, they stayed just as mixed up so that I can't listen to those books at all unless there's some way to fix this problem.

In another instance, I downloaded an MP3 CD the other day. Trouble with those is iTunes doesn't recognize them as CDs so that (so far) I've used the "Add to library" tab under "File", which doesn't give me access to Advanced features. The tracks copied over just fine, and though they were all perfectly labeled 01-037 or whatever, they also ended up in an awful jumble, even though I had again made sure to select "remember position".

The CDs I copy are all from the public library, and I usually copy them and then return them once that's done, so for the couple that have gotten muddled up beyond recognition, I suppose I can just borrow them again and start from scratch if there's no other solution. But I have well over 30 other audiobooks that I've already copied and now I really don't know what to do!


Kerry- I want to thank you for the itunes info, that you posted on the audiobooks thread. I've been listening to audios on my iPod for nearly 2 years and did not know how to make them into audios. Having the option to bookmark my place is invaluable. Once again: Thank You!

Hi Kerry,

thanks so much for taking the time to explain the intricacies of saving audiobooks on iTunes. I've only one more question: once I've clicked on the join CD tracks option, will it still retain the chapters separately, as Audible files do, or will it literally just be just one track? In which case I'd rather not select that option, as I do like to be able to click to individual chapters as needed. I certainly don't mean to be a bother, so take all your time getting back to me... I've been looking for solutions since I started listening to audiobooks in January, and I'm just thrilled to finally get some answers! :-)

Many thanks again,

Just a wee postscript:
From all appearances of the bit of furniture we see with 'Kevin, the Vicarage Cat', I must say: "bad kitty, kitty". Looks like his claws are in marvelous shape and what a cutie he is. Love our pets!~!
Hello there - I spotted your name in the Virago group, and amongst the most-in-common libraries. AND I was enticed by 'Vicarage', since I grew up in a vicarage myself (and still visit it pretty often, especially now they've got Sherpa, a Vicarage Cat herself.)
That's really funny, Kerry! I didn't realise we'd be getting an actual book either. So when I received the copy, I contacted the publisher asking if they knew who'd sent it - I thought it might be a late Christmas present from someone. And I got a rather sniffy response from them saying that it was clear in their promotional material that the book was coming and that "it should hardly have been a surprise." Well then.

- H xx
I received your santathing selections yesterday (here in Australia, there were flights from Heathrow were delayed 8 days in December, so I reckon I'm lucky to have them this early!)
Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness of your choices. I squealed in delight on receiving the Kate Atkinson and that you bought me a short story collection - I am fascinated by modern Japanese writing - and the cherry on top is the feeding of my dual Virago/Daphne Du Maurier habits.

I will make sure to message you as I read the books.
Have a great 2011!
You are welcome! I love your library. Alas, I never can muster the discipline to collect a certain kind of book or publisher, even though I love Virago, (and Europa, and Bitter Lemon, and Archipelago...)

I hope you like Hazzard, she is one of my favorite writers. Why is it all my favorite authors only write a new book about once every ten years?
I just noticed you've been adding Jalna books -- I think I must have read at least a half-dozen of those when I was in high school. Are they worth going back to, do you think?
For such an Antonia Forest fan, how could you only give Evelyn Finds Herself four stars? Too earnest? Or just not a life-changing work of genius, which is my criteria for 5 stars on the "1001 Books to Read before you Die" list?
Hello again!
I love the idea of a huge Victorian vicarage, even though uncomfortable, high ceilings and all! It makes me think of Angela Thirkell's and Barbara Pym's novels, which I love.
As for "girlsown" books, I have the first in the Chalet series on my Amazon wishlist. Since I am not of English extraction, I am just beginning to discover them, and I really like them, but it is not easy to find them in the US. Thanks God for internet!
I just received three Viragos, two Jane Austen (Classics) and one Storm Jameson (Autobiography), and as you can imagine I am very happy.
Now, would you be so kind as to suggest some 'girlsown' titles?

Paola :-))
I just came from the VMC group too..... Welcome!
I love the picture of the Vicarage Cat-in-Training......looks a little like a smaller version of a kitty we've just invited into our house forever with his sibling and mother, who is hardly more than a kitten herself. We put our 18 year-old tuxedo cat down about three weeks ago, and the current trio showed up at around the same time. Resident dog and cat are not as thrilled as I am, but they will all be O.K. with time and patience.
And now, as a retired teacher, I'm off to see what Pedants' Corner is all about.
Yep, I'm the same with collecting VMCs. It started under a year ago and I'm up to nearly 100. I can't keep up with reading them all but will one day... The VMC group is really lovely and I blame everyone in there for my LT sub-addiction!
That's a cute cat!
Wow, I just clicked on your profile to see what the CD in vicarage stood for, and I see you have 313 Chalet School books! I LOVED them when I was a kid. I think they're in my parent's garage... must find them. I have a 2 year old daughter to give them to in a few years (hopefully they'll offset some of the nasty pink teen mags that she's already pulling off the library shelves...)

Yes, I really love seeing what other people add and getting ideas for things to search out. My wishlist is pretty huge, though, really (not on librarything).

The Chalet school collection is kind of both. Currently it's really mine, since, despite her undoubted intelligence (ahem!), she's not quite that advanced yet. I'm hoping she'll enjoy them as much as I did. The plan, in any case, is to have a general children's library for her and her eventual siblings and then for her also to have her own specific books which may be subsumed into the general library once she's outgrown them.

I haven't heard of Crawley Down. I'm presuming it's a village?

Looks like we share quite a few books. And I grew up in a vicarage, too!
That's quite the Chalet collection you have there! I'm still (mostly) or Armada multiple-cut reprints *growls* and trying to find out what got cut from where. I'll get there someday, I'm sure!
There's nowt wrong with Girls Own! Have you really got eight copies of Chalet Girls in Camp though? That's very... committed!

Dorothy Dunnett is jolly good isn't she, if complicated at times. But how nice to have books without simple or obvious answers.

By the way I hope you recognised the pretty Tyrolean greeting!
Gruss gott!

I say, your collection is absolutely topping :-)
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